Hello everybody - sorry for lack of bloggin i have been a very busy bee! so i ended up staying in Hue an extra day so i could see the temples and tombs of the city - some of the most beautiful buildings i have ever seen. my favourite was covered in mosiac of broken ceramics. lovely. (like those tiles we saw mum)
so after that and a big last night fair well with the group of people i had met at the hostel i hit the bus at 8am to HoiAn.
The city itself was very beautiful but very touristy and expensive. I had a summer dress and little red boots made by street taylors and went for some dinner with a friend who traveled down with me. Then it was off to catch the sun set and to bed so i could get up bright and early to see the My Son (prounounced Me Son) ruins.
It took a long time to get there, and although the history was good - they were infact just ruins. the tour guide explained there was a lot of work being done so not much was open and as for the relics that should have been there the french stole them all when they invaded and keep them in the lourve refusing to return them. so there you go.
i got back to the guest house had a quick dip in the pool and caught the 24 hour bus to ho chi minh city.
Which is where i currently sit! I here on the 5th but it was very late so went straight to bedfordshire.
The 6th was a very hectic day for me - i woke up and had breakfast with my new dormie Noelle from Malasia, then went to the museum of fine art and saw some beautiful vietnamise propa ganda posters! (my favourtie so far)
Then i went to a photography studio and a design studio for a quick chat and interview about my university project.
I then dashed off to the Zoo which was alright but all the animals looked a little hot and bothered - especially the white tiger who was completely out of place is a steamy hot city like Ho Chi Minh. I then went to Ho Chi Minh Natural history musuem and caught a water puppet show at the theatre (most strange thing i have ever seen in my entire life!!!)
so as you cna imainge after that i was comppooped and just went back to the dorm to chill with a girl who had joined us in the morning.
the next day i had booked a tour to a Codice Temple - which is basically all relgions rolled into one so it was lovely to see all the different faiths praying together. Then i headed off to what i have been most looking forwards to about Ho Chi Minh!!!
Ch Chi Tunnels! These are the tunnels that the vietnamise soliders and families hid and attacked the amercian soldiers through. I learnt a lot about the history of this huge network of teeny tiny tunnels and ever got a picture of me stood in the tiny whole. it was a tight squeeze for me and i am not the biggest of people so god only knows how they wriggled around down there!!! (pictures coming soon!)
I also took a trip down the tunnels made a bit bigger for tourist - it was very crammed and dark and i was told they were more than three times the size of the actual tunnels!
I had met a lovely australian couple on this tour - the guy was a complete war boff and convinced me to fire a gun. SO! i picked up the first gun i have ever touched in my life. An AK47 which i am told is something to brag about as it is a vietnamise weapon being fired on vietnamise soil - very rare chance! i shot a magazine of 5 singles and 25 on automatic and missed my target every single time. But still, the man in charge said i looked like i knew what i was doing - and also that he was a little frightened of me! haha.
Today i have nipped up to the War Remnants museum to check out some of the political documentations and photographs of the war. It is a really brilliant museum but it was hard not to get a little teary at some of the imagery and information - especially the documention on Agent Orange.
I have just enough time to grab a bite to eat before i head off to Cambodia at 1.30pm. The bus is a measely 6 hours long so i should officially be waving goodbye to Vietnam at around 3.30pm.
It has been brilliant but i will have to come back - 12 days just ain't enough to cover such a beautiful beautiful country i feel as though i could have easily done my whole six weeks here!